STAFF PROFILES: JUDY FETZER

We're thankful for our awesome staff team members who are serving in ministry at Highlands! Staff Profiles is an opportunity for you to get to know each of them a bit better, and maybe even learn something about them you didn't know.  

Tell us a bit about your background in a paragraph:

I’ve been a member of Highlands for 24 years and joined the staff in February 2020 as the Kids Ministry Director.  I worked at Northwest University for the previous seven years as an Executive Assistant to the Provost, supporting the academic side of the university and managing events.  I also earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership at NU.  Prior to that, I worked for the City of Issaquah for 10 years as an administrative assistant. I enjoy ministering to kids and families, serving 17 years in the Awana program.  I’ve also been a facilitator for many years in women’s study groups.  I’ve been married to my husband, Barry, for 35 years.  We have three grown children together.

Tell us about your role on staff at Highlands:

As the Kids Team Leader, I oversee all ministry for kids from birth through sixth grade.  Our team chooses curriculum, prepares classrooms for each Sunday, creates fun events, as well as trains team members and ministers to families.  I oversee the Awana and Upward programs and am part of the team that coordinates elementary summer camp.  As a ministry leader, I’m part of the Strategic Lead Team.  

Share a verse or passage of scripture that has impacted your life:

A verse that is meaningful to me is Ephesians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  Wherever the Lord has taken me in work, in ministry, in life, I’ve desired to serve Him through serving people.  

What is something you enjoy about living in the Seattle area?

I was born and raised in Seattle and enjoy adventuring.  I like to explore a city, discover new parks, find hidden staircases, walk in the sand at the ocean, throw rocks in a river, or hike a mountain.  My ultimate goal is to visit as many ice cream shops as possible!

What is something you love to do outside of serving in ministry?

I enjoy sewing and quilting.  Being able to take fabric and re-shape it into something different and beautiful fulfills my desire to create.  If my husband hasn’t seen me for a few hours, I’m probably in my studio!

Share a fun fact about yourself or something that most people don’t know about you:

I was in Girl Scouts from Brownies through 9th grade, achieving the rank of First Class. At the information meeting, I introduced my mom to a friend, Betsy.  It was sweet moment to realize that my mom and Betsy’s mom had been childhood friends!  The four of us had a long friendship together.


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